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The Journey Of Ambition | Lifestyles Of The Culturally Creative
16 minutes | Apr 8, 2015
ANJELAH JOHNSON, COMEDIAN (BONUS)
A special bonus episode with the one and only Anjelah Johnson! MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Anjelah Johnson will have you laughing hysterically whenever she gets on a stage or in front of a camera. Once an NFL cheerleader, Johnson is quickly becoming one of the most popular stand-ups in comedy. Anjelah was featured on MADtv – where she created memorable characters like Bon Qui Qui – and recently recorded a special for Comedy Central. Also check out her new album as Bon Qui Qui, titled “
5 minutes | Apr 6, 2015
SEASON 1 WRAP-UP
Thanks to all of you for tuning in this season! I hope it was as good for you as it was for me Please remember to Subscribe to the show on iTunes, that way you will automatically get any new bonus episodes that are published through the hiatus. You won’t wan
64 minutes | Mar 25, 2015
50. JAIME VALDOVINO, SENIOR EDITOR, LIFE & THYME (SEASON FINALE)
We made it to episode 50 and it’s the Season 1 finale! Joining me for this one once again, is Jaime Valdovino of Life & Thyme. We talk consistency with content, teaching others, and finding different ways to express your passion. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Jaime Valdovino, is a jack of all trades. From music professor, to photographer, writer, and senior editor of Life & Thyme online magazine, he has his hands in a lot of creative work. You may remember my conversation with Jaime on episode 1 of the show, where we talked about his journey in life up until him starting the now defunct “LA Diaries.” But for this episode, we discuss what he’s been up to since last summer, and what he’s learned upon his new journey in life. Jaime is one of my favorite people to talk to, and he motivates me to do what I’m doing in my creative journey as well as in life. There are so many
51 minutes | Mar 23, 2015
49. GIA HUGHES, THE HOTEL CAFE
Gia Hughes, Production Manager at the Hotel Cafe, tells us about going from interviewing some of her favorite artists to now putting on shows for the “who’s who” of music. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Soon after graduating college as an English Lit major, Gia Hughes, felt that she wanted some more arts and culture in her life, and started writing with the Proxart Magazine. Quickly becoming editor of the magazine as well as writing for a local newspaper, she started to hone her craft in writing and even have a hand in putting on some events. This led to launching events at SXSW, giving her experience in interviewing and profiling musicians. Gia would shift her focus more into music, working at Filter Magazine, and eventually working at Hotel Cafe. The Hotel Cafe is known for breaking lots of new artists and musicians, and creates a community and vibe different than a lot of other
60 minutes | Mar 20, 2015
48. A CONVERSATION ON WHIPLASH & MOTIVATION
Richie Booth, photographer, joins me to discuss the film “Whiplash’ in more depth and how it teaches us about what motivates us. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW If you still haven’t seen the film Whiplash, there are some spoilers in this episode, so be warned! Whiplash is a great movie to talk about how to go about motivating others, as well as motivating your
43 minutes | Mar 18, 2015
47. LADAN JIRACEK, TRAVEL WISDOM PODCAST
Host of the Travel Wisdom Podcast, Ladan Jiracek, talks about his journey traveling the world multiple times and how it has helped his perspective in life. “Traveling can help plant the seeds for wisdom and success later in life.” MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Ladan Jirecek has traveled to over 80 countries around the world. From traveling with family as a child, to really experiencing the world in a different way from traveling after college, he has gained some life experie
20 minutes | Mar 16, 2015
46. KENDRICK LAMAR’S “TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY”
Here I talk about Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” album, and how he got creative musically, and in his promotion of the album. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW I had a wonderful weekend! We were in the City of Angels, Los Angeles, hanging with fellow creatives @ericeffinb and @universalfriend. It was nice to hang out, chat about future endeavors, and plot on how to be even more creative. Kendrick Lamar has released his highly anticipated album “To Pimp A Butterfly” and I feel it is just what we needed. It is a creative peak for hip hop music. It’s not that it mixes a fusion of hip hop/funk/soul/r&b/jazz, but it takes it to a level of depth we don’t see that often on a hip hop album. He talks about race relations and social issues, the current state of hip hop, the pressures of being a celebrity, having a proper message to send the community he came from, and much more. If you haven’t given it a listen yet, I would advice you get on it.
24 minutes | Mar 13, 2015
In this episode, I discuss the film “Whiplash” and why it resonated with me. “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than “good job”.” MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW If you’re a creative, “Whiplash” is a must see film! The film is about a promising young drummer whose dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.
59 minutes | Mar 11, 2015
44. SABAHAT NAUREEN, CONSULTANT/COACH
Sabahat Naurren joins the show to discuss personal development and making your ideas come to life. “Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Sabahat Naureen is a creative, consultant and coach. Coming from a family background of doctors, she decided to take a different route into engineering. A couple of years ago, she took a vision, and made into a reality, forming a very successful non profit initiative called
71 minutes | Mar 9, 2015
43. CHRISTIAN ZARAGOZA, COMEDIAN
Comedian, Christian Zaragoza talks the art of stand up comedy. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW To me, one of the hardest things out there to do has got to be stand up comedy. Not only are you standing alone in front of a crowd of people, but you’re also there attempting to make them laugh. There are a lot of people out there that think they’re hilarious, but it’s not always the case. But for Christian Zaragoza, that is the case, because he is one funny dude. Stand up comedy was something he always wanted to do, and in December of 2010, decided to get on stage at The Comedy Store and take a shot. He hasn’t stopped since. Christian talks about the journey he has had the past few years of doing stand up, from doing multiple shows every week, coming up with new material, and also the grind of doing it while having a full time day job and raising a daughter. There isn’t much t
22 minutes | Mar 6, 2015
42. KOBE BRYANT’S “MUSE”
This isn’t a review of the Kobe Bryant “Muse” documentary, but I talk about the great themes the movie covers on how to become great at what you do. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW For those that don’t know, I’m a huge Lakers fan, which has also made me a big fan of Kobe Bryant. He is one of my favorite basketball players of all time, and I’ve had the pleasure of following his career for the past 20 years (even since he was in high school). I knew there was something different about him, even when watching him in high school. He handled himself differently than any ordinary high school kid. He saw the greatness in himself quite early, and was able to put an energy into his craft that most kids aren’t thinking about. Kobe joined the NBA at 17 years old, with the philosophy that it would be his version of college, to learn from the greats, in order for himself to be at his highest potential. He had some setbacks, but learned how to use those to become greater. Listen to the way that he changed his mindset, made other players
51 minutes | Mar 4, 2015
41. ANTMAN, MUSIC PRODUCER
Music producer, Antman, talks about the ins and outs of the music industry, and the daily grind of being in the studio making music to our ears. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Anthony White, aka Antman, is a music producer based out of Atlanta. This guy takes his music very seriously. His sounds have a different type of variety than a lot of producers out there, and he’s quickly becoming a hot commodity in the industry for up and coming artists as well as artists that have been in the game a while. Antman talks about his process in the studio when he is creating beats, and also what to do after the beats are made and how to get it out for the public to hear. He’s had a lot of experience with artists, and record labels, and even interned at ASCAP and Capitol Records. If you’re looking for knowledge of the music industry, don’t sleep on this episode.
67 minutes | Mar 2, 2015
40. ROB MARDIS, NERDPOP
Rob Mardis, is the founder of the omni-media publishing and events company, Nerdpop. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Since he was a kid, Rob Mardis, was always putting his creative juices to work. From creating board games, to playing around with photoshop, he one day had a dream about something called “Nerdpop”. Nerdpop would eventually become a creative brand, that encompasses everything from event hosting to blogging, publishing all types of media, and even making toys and board games. Rob definitely has lots of ambition, and does not set any limits on himself. In the last decade, Rob has been “internet famous” quite a few times, hosted events at House of Blues, Comic Con, The Roxy, designed and curated many art shows, and even had a run at Congress. Take a peek into the journey to Rob’s lifestyle, and you’ll definitely get motivated. It’s a fun one!
52 minutes | Feb 27, 2015
39. DO YOU!
On this episode, I break down one of books that has been super influential for me, Russell Simmon’s Do You! MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW I try to read as often as I can, and would like to read even more. Anyone know any good speed reading classes? I’ve decided to discuss some of the influential books I’ve read over the years, that also can help you be very actionable in your life and art. So to start off, I wanted to talk about Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success
31 minutes | Feb 25, 2015
38. THE CHRONICLES OF AMBITION: JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
In this edition of the Chronicles of Ambition, I talk about the life of artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how he became one of the most influential artists of his generation. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Jean-Michel Basquiat was a special individual. He intrigued many people that were around his presence no matter if they were a close friend, an art dealer, Madonna, or Andy Warhol. He saw the world in a different way than most, and a lot of his vision was told through his art. Here, I discuss the ways Basquiat created a buzz around New York City from his art, and even himself. The way he networked by partying and socializing, but also created a certain scene that wasn’t found in the art world before him. He created a new culture from his creativity that we still see today. Are you using some of his techniques? How can you create your own buzz for your art?
22 minutes | Feb 22, 2015
Hey, what’s going on! This week, I talk a little about the importance of imagination, and creating the thoughts we imagine. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW A couple of years ago, rapper, Big Sean, did a video series where he talked about certain aspects in his life that led him toward his success in the rap industry. One of those videos resonated pretty well with me, and that was his video about Imagination. In that one he talked about his thoughts on the Law of Attraction, and how even as a youngster, he would imagine the life that he’s actually living now. A lot of the lyrics in his raps are positive thoughts that are describing the life he wants to create for himself. I’m a big believer as well in the law of attraction, and I feel that it’s important to learn the steps of not only imagining the life we want for ourselves, but the what to do even after we imagine it, and how we can create it. I know this will not be up everyone’s alley, but for those interested, it could be a game changer for you! Take a listen.
19 minutes | Feb 20, 2015
36. CERTAIN TRAITS CREATIVES HAVE THAT OTHERS DON’T UNDERSTAND
Hey what’s up y’all! In this episode, I talk about 5 traits that us creatives have that most people just don’t understand. These traits also help to realize that you are a creative, when you may not know what you’re passionate about quite yet. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW I was inspired this week by a couple conversations I had, as well as an article on Elite Daily that I read. I’m constantly talking to people about business, or art, and many different topics. But I’ve noticed people that may be involved in business but don’t have a creative bone in their body, they think almost the opposite of the way that I think. They think more practical, and even though they do have some advice and knowledge we can always take from, we still have to know when to go with what’s in ou
63 minutes | Feb 18, 2015
35. CURTISS KING, RAPPER/PRODUCER
Curtiss King, Rapper/Producer, talks about his journey from humble beginnings in music to learning the industry from rapping, producing and touring. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Curtiss King has been rapping and producing since 2002 and making his mark in the hip hop world. Starting from using the most basic equipment he had access to, to producing for the likes of Ab-Soul, K-Dot (Kendrick Lamar), and Murs, he’s come a very long way, and still keeping it moving. On this episode, he schools us on what it’s like being in the music industry, and the best moves to make when starting out as an artist. He talks about his ups and downs since he’s started, and shows that it definitely isn’t easy making it as a rapper/producer, but its definitely possible. The journey Curtiss has been on is a story that any aspiring music artist should learn from. We
57 minutes | Feb 16, 2015
34. THE CHRONICLES OF AMBITION: COCO CHANEL
In this episode of the Chronicles of Ambition, fashion designer Amber Pratt joins me to discuss the influence of Coco Chanel on women’s fashion. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW A few episodes ago, I mentioned that I knew someone that is pretty familiar with the stories of quite a few famous creatives, and has studied them immensely. She even influenced episode 27, about Andy Warhol. Well, besides Mr. Warhol himself also influencing the episode. But today, I’m welcoming to the show, Amber Pratt, a fashion designer, and today we talk about one of her favorite figures in fashion, Coco Chanel. I never knew a whole lot about Coco Chanel, but what Amber tells us about her on this episode is pretty fascinating. Chanel basically went from nothing, to being known worldwide, and did it in a time where all odds were against her. She saw a need in women’s fashion that wasn’t being met, and decided to craft together pieces that women could feel good about and remain stylish. Chanel was found to be very ahead of her time, as so much that she ha
14 minutes | Feb 13, 2015
To wrap up movie week on the show, I talk about the film, Adaptation, and what we can learn as creatives from the film. MORE ABOUT THIS SHOW Adaptation is a film about a confused screenwriter overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, sexual frustration, self-loathing, and by the screenwriting ambitions of his freeloading twin brother Donald. While struggling to adapt “The Orchid Thief,” by Susan Orlean , Kaufman’s life spins from pathetic to bizarre. The lives of Kaufman, Orlean’s book, become strangely intertwined as each one’s search for passion collides with the others.
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